In recognition of over two and a half decades of service to the community, the Edgar Cochrane Polyclinic in Wildey will hold a week of activities from December 6 to December 11.

The week will begin on Sunday, December 6, with worship at the Church of the Nazarene on Collymore Rock, from 8:00 a.m.

On Monday, December 7, at 9:00 a.m., an official opening ceremony will be held on the lawns of the polyclinic. It will feature a display by the Barbados Cadet Corps, and schools in the area, namely Parkinson Memorial, Wilkie Cumberbatch, Luther Thorne Memorial, the Irving Wilson and Ann Hill Schools, will participate in the event.?? Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Joy St. John will deliver the feature address, while Medical Officer of Health at the clinic, Manohar Singh, will give remarks.

This will be followed by a lecture/discussion, at 10:30 a.m., on "Child Health and Child Care" to be delivered by representatives from the Child Care Board and PAREDOS.

Tuesday, December 8, is Diabetes Day, and the programme will include a lecture/discussion on "Nutrition for People Living with Diabetes" by Nutritionist, Glencil Taylor. ??A display on diabetic products by pharmaceutical companies Stokes and Bynoe and Collins Ltd, as well as a video presentation will also form part of the activities.

Pharmacist, Nia Mohammed, will also address the issue of diabetics taking their medication, while Dr. Tanya Whitby-Best will speak on "Diabetes Prevention". The programme starts at 9:30 a.m.

The following day, Wednesday, December 9, will be devoted to antenatal issues, and will involve talks on nutrition in pregnancy, antenatal care and Lamaze exercises. A demonstration on the Lamaze technique will also be done by Health Sister, Avashine Stuart-Selman. Physiotherapist, Cheryl Moe, will examine ??the "Importance of Exercise during Pregnancy", while SBI Distributors will display products used in antenatal care. The day’s activities will start at 9:00 a.m.

Open Day at the polyclinic has been planned for Thursday, December 10, from 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. It will focus on testing for prostate cancer, cervical cancer, breast cancer and HIV, among others. There will also be a presentation of hampers to elderly members of the community. Persons in the catchment area of the clinic are especially invited to attend.

The week of events will culminate on Friday, December 11, with a staff dinner and awards ceremony at the PomMarine Hotel, from 7:30 p.m. Minister of Health, Donville Inniss, will address the function.

Members of the public are invited to support the week of activities at the Edgar Cochrane Polyclinic.

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